In October 2004 as the National Disaster Secretariat for the NDC was established. Two months later on 26th December 2004 a tsunami that was triggered by an earthquake with the epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, impacted Seychelles.

In 2006, the Department of Risk and Disaster Management was established under the Vice President’s Office.

In 2010, the organisation was split into 2 divisions; i.e.; the Disaster and Risk Management and the Operation, Education and Communication divisions with two directors general at the helm of each.

In 2012 the two divisions were merged into one with one director general as the head.

The early part of 2020 saw a change in the status of the organisation with the appointment of a principal secretary, from division to department, however the change was not long lasting. Following a change in government in the latter part of 2020, the following year saw the organisation revert back to the status of a division with a director general as the head.